For many Philadelphians, the budget cuts the city has made over the last few years haven't hit home. But certainly not for all. Isaiah Thompson reports on one of the ugly problems highlighted by Occupy Philly, cuts to the city's homeless services:
Services have gradually diminished over the past few years. Since the 2008 economic crash and the city's ensuing budget crunch, the city's Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) has eliminated one overnight "cafe"; cut two transitional housing programs, one for women and another for families; made cuts to its job and employment training programs; reduced its budget for financial assistance for emergency relocation; eliminated an in-home attendant care program; cut its own staff by 14 people; and cut many of the case management services from its shelters, making its complex bureaucracy all the more difficult to navigate.
Meanwhile, shelters are "more or less always at capacity" and the need for homeless services appears to be on the rise.